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The Sun:  The Source of Life by Norman Neesom


At our Club meting March 8th, John Hughes set out to answer this question for us. Given his 40 years of experience as an art dealer, John's answer carries weight! 

He gave us a 3-minute history of western art, from the brightly-coloured, religious themes of the Renaissance, through the more muted tones of Raphael and the 17th and 18th centuries to the Pre-Raphaelites and the return of story-telling in art.  Then on to Impressionism and finally to the art of the late 20th century, which he clearly didn't care for.

John went on to describe the development of Norman Neesom, an artist he'd known as client and friend for 40 years.  He showed us examples of Neesom's work from his own collection, covering the artist's output from the age of 11 until he died, age 94, in 2010, and illustrating how he distinguishes between Art and "Fine Art".  In short:  Does it make you think?  Do you get involved in what's going on in the picture?  If it makes you want to ask a question, then it's Fine Art!

And what's his favourite kind of art?  The kind he makes a profit on, of course!

Here's another example of Neesom's work, entitled:                              "Stooking the Corn"      

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The Sun:  The Source of Life by Norman Neesom

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From the left: John Stanton - the President of the Rotary Club of Kenilworth, John Ruddick - the organiser, Richard Dickson - Town Mayor, Gillian Clark - Club's member

With so many of Kenilworth's normal events and activities having been cancelled this year The Rotary Club of Kenilworth has devised this socially - distanced Treasure Hunt, for everyone's entertainment.

Beautiful Kenilworth Castle

Check your Advent Calendar & Claim your Prize - Do Not Miss Out!

Picture: Kenilworth Rotarians recently hosted RYLA students, Ana and Paula, from Guatemala

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On Saturday, October the 24th, the annual worldwide Polio Day the Holiday Inn Kenilworth façade will be Floodlit in purple with a Rotary message “End Polio Now “. 
Why purple? A purple dye is put on each child’s finger after inoculation.

Thank you for donating to help us End Polio worldwide. As an example, a donation of £20.00 plus Gift Aid = £25.00 plus The Gates Foundation 2 for 1 mark-up will bring your contribution to £75.00. To donate go to:

Special Effect - we matched the funds raised by Kenilworth School Interact Club at their recent 'Minecraft' event in aid of this charity

The community & vocational work of the club is managed by our 'C&V' committee, led by Bob Wildman

Presentation of new books to a school in Xela(Quetzaltenango), Guatemala

The International and Foundation activities of our club are managed by our International Committee led by Philip Austin & the Foundation Committee, led by John Stanton

One of our main events!

This 10 kilometre run from Warwick Castle to Kenilworth Castle takes place in June each year and is our main club fundraiser Thank you to the 2020 runners who donated their fee to our charities

Some ideas about Rotary that people may have are just wrong

Dispelling some common misconceptions


Kenilworth Rotary ‘Bid 4 Awards II’ . The final event took place on the 21st of November 2019. The list of the awarded grants is in Details. After a Covid-induced gap, it is hoped to set up another Bid 4 Awards programme in the near future.

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A joint project to help tackle hunger by packing over 50,000 meals for school children overseas and collecting UK foodbank donations


Kenilworth Rotary Club was formed in 1960.


We currently have around 20 members, ranging in age from 40's to late 80's, men & women. You're welcome to get to know us before thinking about a closer involvement, such as becoming a member.